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District nursing student graduates with innovation prize

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A community nursing student has been recognised as one of the highest achieving nurses in the country during her graduation from the University of Chester.

Jodie Carr, 26, recently received the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize, given by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, in recognition of her hard work and innovation in practice.

“Jodie is a role model who continues to drive change forward”

Karen Whitehurst

The prize is offered to the top performing student on the district nursing programme in every university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ms Carr qualified as a registered adult nurse in 2013 and, for the past three years, has worked in the community in East Cheshire.

She recently completed a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing at Chester and oversees the care of patients as a district nursing sister.

While studying, she developed an assessment and prompt tool to manage the blood glucose of patients with diabetes, entitled the Diabetic Pocket Guide.

She said: “I am overjoyed yet humbled to have been put forward for this prize as it was not something I had ever expected I would be in receipt of.

Speaking on the pocket guide, she said its purpose was to teach student nurses the “basic, but essential knowledge and skills, of caring for patients with diabetes”.

“I audited the pocket guide in clinical practice and found that, not only was it useful to students, but also to qualified staff and healthcare assistants,” said Ms Carr.

She added: “My work has now been presented to the lead nurse and senior managers within the East Cheshire NHS Trust and is currently going through approvals so that the Diabetic Pocket Guide can be taken forward to be used within clinical practice.”

Her practice teacher, Karen Whitehurst, said: “Jodie is a role model who continues to drive change forward, not only for patient care but also for the development of colleagues and students in practice.”

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